72 hours in Dublin, Ireland - United Hub

72 hours in Dublin

By Nick Harper

For what is a comparatively small capital city, Dublin has a great deal to see, do and experience. It won't be possible to squeeze everything into 72 hours, but here's a starting guide on when to go, what to expect and the experiences you absolutely must not miss.

Aerial view of Dublin

When to visit

Ireland warms up between March and April and stays warm enough to visit until late October. The best weather is typically from May through September, but the best time to visit is March, to coincide with St Patrick's Day. The three-day festival, including the colorful parade on March 17, brings vast numbers to the city center.

Dublin bridge

Where to stay

At the top end, the Intercontinental Dublin is the capital's most luxurious five-star hotel. It's located in the heart of Georgian Dublin and offers an escape from the city's hubbub. The family-run Brooks Hotel lies in the heart of Dublin's “Creative Quarter," where shopping and entertainment are literally outside your door. And on a budget, Ariel House is hard to beat, offering Victorian townhouses just a stone's throw from the city's heart.

Dublin shopping district

Get your bearings

Dublin's compact city center is entirely walkable and houses more than enough sights, sounds, and experiences to fill 72 hours and more. Near the River Liffey, Temple Bar is home to galleries and chic shops by day and the city's best nightlife by night. In the Old City, which holds much of Dublin's history, you can shop 'til you drop on Grafton Street and St. Stephen's Green, where you can experience an oasis of calm in the heart of the city at one of the city's finest parks.

Dublin by day

Three days in Dublin will pass quickly, so make sure to prioritize some of these recommendations. Seek out the Talking Statues dotted around the city center with 10 familiar icons, including Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw and James Joyce. They tell the story of the city using location technology and different voices, such as that of Irish-born actor Gabriel Byrne for the James Joyce statue.

A stroll through Georgian Dublin is essential. You'll pass the Merrion Square, the Natural History Museum, and the National Gallery of Ireland while en route to Trinity College Dublin's elegant campus, home to one of Dublin's most popular tourist attractions: the ancient, ornate Book of Kells manuscript.

Trinity college library in Dublin

Don't miss Saint Patrick's Cathedral — although missing it is almost impossible — and Dublin Castle, which contains the magnificent Chester Beatty Library. The Little Museum of Dublin will tell you more about the city's history, but it's best to book your visit in advance.

Changing gears, no visit to Dublin is complete without a stop at The Guinness Storehouse in historic Liberties neighborhood, where you'll learn the history of — and get a chance to sample — Ireland's most famous brew. If whiskey is more to your taste, Teeling Distillery, Old Jameson Distillery and Pearse Lyons Distillery all offer tours and are within walking distance of the center, as is the journey-back-through-time Irish Whiskey Museum.

And if exploring the more macabre side of the city appeals to you, climb aboard the Gravedigger Tour bus at Trinity College to hear ghoulish tales, and finish up with a drink at the Gravediggers Pub.

Daytime sustenance

Finding a place to revive between sightseeing is easy with Dublin's fully-embraced coffee and café culture. Though by no means an exhaustive list, several of the best options include The Pepper Pot Cafe, The Fumbally, Oxmantown and Hatch & Sons, which is located in the basement of the Little Museum of Dublin. To tick a tourist box, head for the iconic Bewley's on Grafton Street.

Dublin by night

In a vibrant and ever growing food city, exceptional restaurants can be found in every neighborhood. Most roads lead to Temple Bar, home to the excellent Cleaver East and the traditional Gallagher's Boxty House. Wander a little further afield and you'll find other excellent options, including Delahunt (mentioned in James Joyce's Ulysses), The East Side Tavern, and Chapter One, to name just three.

To sample the best pubs the city is famous for, seek out The Brazen Head (dating back to 1198 and also referenced in Ulysses), The Norseman, Grogan's and O'Donoghue's. If you want to boast about drinking in a bar owned by rock royalty, head to the Clarence Hotel's Octagon Bar for cocktails, owned by U2's Bono and The Edge.

Many of the city's pubs stay open into the small hours, but if you want to “keep on keeping on," The Grand Social, The Button Factory and The Workman's Club are three good options.

Essential advice

Make sure to purchase a Dublin Freedom Pass at the airport. Priced around $40 ($20 for a child) and valid for 72 hours, the pass includes unlimited airport shuttles and central Dublin bus travel, plus a city hop-on hop-off tour with a choice of two routes. It also includes savings on entrance fees to many of the attractions mentioned above.

If you go

United offers service to Dublin from many U.S. cities through its nonstop flights from Chicago, Newark and Washington D.C. Visit united.com or use the United app to plan your next vacation to Ireland.



Entertainment for all

By The Hub team, August 04, 2020

Our Marketing Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity team and Bridge, our Business Resource Group (BRG) for people with all abilities, partnered together to test and provide feedback on our award-winning seatback inflight entertainment (IFE) system.

Aptly named "Entertainment for all," our new seatback IFE system offers the an extensive suite of accessibility features, allowing for unassisted use by people of all visual, hearing, mobility and language abilities.

"It's nice to know that I can get on a plane and pick my favorite entertainment to enjoy, just like every customer," said Accessibility Senior Analyst and Developer and Bridge Chief of Staff Ray C., who is blind.

"As a deaf employee, the closed captioning availability on board our aircraft is something I value greatly," added Information Technology Analyst Greg O. "The new IFE further cements United's visibility within the deaf community and elsewhere. It makes me proud to be an employee."

Accessibility features of the new IFE include a text-to-speech option, explore by touch, customizable text size, screen magnification, color correction and inversion modes, and alternative navigation options for those unable to swipe or use a handset. For hearing-impaired and non-English-speaking passengers, customization options provide the ability for customers to be served content and receive inflight notifications based on their preferences and settings —with closed captions, with subtitles or in the language of their choice from the 15 languages supported. Our "Entertainment for all" system won the Crystal Cabin Award in 2019, and recently, the Dr. Margaret Pfanstiehl Research and Development Award for Audio Description by the American Council of the Blind.

"This really showed the benefits of partnering with BRGs in helping us improve products and services for our customers and employees," said Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity Senior Manager Corinne S. "Even though we have been recognized with awards for our IFE accessibility features, we are not resting on our laurels but continuing to work towards improving the inflight entertainment experience for all of our customers to ensure entertainment is available for all."

Shaping an inclusive future with Special Olympics

By The Hub team, July 24, 2020

If your travels have taken you through Chicago O'Hare International Airport anytime since October 2019, you may have had a friendly, caring and jovial exchange with Daniel Smrokowski. Daniel is one of four Service Ambassadors thanks to our ongoing partnership with Special Olympics. This inaugural ambassador program aims to provide Special Olympic athletes employment opportunities within our operation, affording them a unique and meaningful career.

Since 2018, our partnership with Special Olympics has become one of United's most cherished relationships, going beyond the events we take part in and volunteer with. While the plane pull competitions, polar plunges, duck derbies and Special Olympics World Games and other events around the world are a big part of our involvement, the heart of this partnership lies with the athletes and individuals supported by Special Olympics. To advocate for their inclusion in every setting is one of our biggest honors, and we take great pride in the role we play in the organization's inclusion revolution.

Aiding in the success of Special Olympics' mission to create continuing opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, throughout the two-year partnership, United has volunteered over 10,500 hours and donated over $1.2 million in travel to the organization. The impact of this partnership is felt at every level, both at Special Olympics and within our own ranks.

"The Inclusion Revolution campaign, led by our athletes, aims to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. United Airlines has joined in our fight for inclusion, empowering our athletes with the skills needed to succeed and opportunities to contribute their abilities as leaders," said Special Olympics International Chairman Tim Shriver. "United Airlines believes that people with intellectual disabilities should be perceived as they really are: independent, world-class athletes, students, employees, neighbors, travelers, and leaders who contribute to make this world a better place."

Our Service Ambassador program is just one of the many ways Special Olympics has impacted not only our employees, but also our customers. "I see every day how our Service Ambassadors connect with our customers the moment they walk into the airport lobby," said Senior Customer Service Supervisor Steve Suchorabski. "They provide a warm, welcoming smile ad assist in any way they can. To see these young adults hold positions that a society once told them they couldn't is truly the most heartwarming part of my job," Steve continued.

"The opportunity to be a part of the United family means everything to me," Daniel said. "I feel so much pride showing up to work in a Special Olympics/United co-branded uniform, working among such a loving and supportive community. The relationship between these two organizations is truly helping to shape my future while letting me use my gifts of communicating and helping others. Hopefully, I can spend my entire career at United," Daniel added.

In honor of Special Olympics' Global Week of Inclusion in July, we're asking our employees, customers and partners to sign a pledge to #ChooseToInclude at jointherevolution.org/pledge.

And be sure to check out Daniel's podcast The Special Chronicles.

United works with partners to send food to USDA food bank

By The Hub team, July 23, 2020

In collaboration with food-logistics company Commodity Forwarders Inc. (CFI), United moved nearly 190,000 pounds of fresh produce to Guam for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program. This new program was created to provide critical support to consumers impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

A variety of fresh fruits were transported from Los Angeles (LAX) to Guam (GUM) on United's newly introduced, non-stop cargo-only flight – a route added to meet cargo demand during the COVID-19 crisis. The fresh food was repacked in 10-pound cases in Los Angeles, prepared for departure at CFI's LAX location, and flown to GUM by the United team. Through this beneficial partnership between United and CFI, the perishable goods were kept cool during every step of the process and distributed as part of the food bank program in Guam.

"Everyone on our team has worked relentlessly during the pandemic to get critical goods to where they are needed most. Establishing a comprehensive network of cargo-only flights have allowed us to keep the supply chain moving even while passenger flight capacity has been reduced," said Regional Senior Manager of Cargo Sales, Marco Vezjak. "Knowing that we are able to help during these difficult times – in this case the Guam community – is our biggest reward and greatest motivation to keep moving forward."

United is proud to play a role in maintaining the global food supply chain and helping people access the supplies they need. Since March 19, United has operated over 4,000 cargo-only flights, moving over 130 million pounds of cargo.

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